Being healthy rocks for students

Over sixty-five high school students from Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale and Hampton counties participated in 4-H Health Rocks Training at Junior Leadership sponsored by USC Salkehatchie on Sept. 20.
Teen Leaders have been challenged to organize a 4-H Health Rocks program for elementary or middle school students in their community this school year. Local schools which participated are: Blackville-Hilda High School and Williston-Elko High School.
Health Rocks is a National 4-H Curriculum for healthy living aimed at 8-16 year olds with the goal of bringing youth, families and communities across the United States together to reduce tobacco, alcohol and drug use by youth. The Curriculum is designed to be taught by teens and adults working as partners. This cross-age approach is highly effective in building leadership and life skills in both teens and younger youth who participate in the program. Younger youth respond well to teen instructors who provide a positive role model. This can be especially beneficial when talking about issues such as tobacco, alcohol and drug use.
The Health Rocks curriculum focuses on three general areas: All About Me, What Influences Me and Taking it Beyond Me. All about me activities focus on how drugs affect behavior and the health consequences of drug use, practice decision making skills and understand stress and learn how to relieve it. What influences me activities teaches skills to resist risky behaviors and teaches how family, peers, media and technology influence choices. Taking it beyond me lessons encourages groups to share the message with the community and commit and celebrate being drug-free.
For information about 4-H, contact the Clemson Extension Office at 803-259-7141 ext 117 or sbhrndn@clemson.edu or go to www.clemson.edu/barnwell and click on the clover. To subscribe to 4-H Clover Clips, a weekly email update of local and statewide events, email sbhrndn@clemson.edu.